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Laboratoire Epsylon EA 4556

Rue du Pr. Henri Serre

34000 Montpellier


Pr. Florence Cousson-Gélie


The Epsylon interdisciplinary laboratory studies the psychological and psychosociological mechanisms involved in human capacity building (Axis 1) and the improvement of health behaviours (Axis 2) through methodologies based on Evidence Based Medicine and Evidence Based Psychology, in particular through longitudinal analyses and randomised controlled trials in order to contribute to innovations in non-drug intervention (physical activities, nutritional counselling, therapeutic education, psychological care, clinical, ICT health) and health prevention (identification of psychological factors associated with quality of life, personal development, psychological preparation, work organisation).

The laboratory combines several disciplines (in alphabetical order), general medicine, behavioural medicine, neuropsychology, nutrition, child psychiatry, general psychiatry, philosophy, psychology, public health and physical and sports activity sciences and techniques (STAPS).

The Epsylon laboratory has 5 research teams:

  •   Emerging cognitive and sociocognitive dynamics (DynaCSE, team 1)
  •   Cognition, emotion, communication and education (CECE, team 2)
  •   Evolution of the psychological determinants of health and disability by age of life (EVOLVE, team 3)
  •   Dynamics of chronic disease appropriation (DAMC, team 4)
  •   Conflict, engagement, ethics and society (CEES, team 5)

  • Basic research identifies the main psycho-social (stress, social support, perceived control, coping, fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, etc.) and behavioural factors that can explain the emotional adjustment and quality of life trajectories of cancer patients and their families.
  • Interventional research is carried out to verify the effectiveness of nutritional or psychological care and preventive actions.
  • Finally, psychometric work is carried out to design, adapt and/or validate questionnaires and tests useful in oncology and psycho-oncology in French.

  • Quality of life trajectories
  • Psychosocial impact of cancer and its treatments
  • Improvement of health conduc
  • Health prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Adapted physical activity
  • Therapeutic education
  • Non-drug interventions
  • Psychotherapies